William's Blog...with a smile!


I am a little bit City...

I talk a lot about my rural living and work.

But that does not limit me to only working in the open air.

North Branch, Minnesota is a Bedroom community.

So, for those who like living in town close to shopping and schools for the kids, there are things to consider...


Does this in town home have enough storage for our families stuff.

Can I build a second garage or add onto the current one.

How about a garden shed.

Are there any covenants?

Is it city water and sewer.

Are we people persons.  Are you ok with saying hi to the neighbors every time you walk out of the house.

My commute to work, is it long, easy roads and will the gas mileage of my vehicle break me.



These are just a few issues to think about when buying any in town home.


Comment balloon 19 commentsWilliam Feela • August 19 2015 01:25PM


William great questions to ask when buyers are moving out of their normal mode of lifestyle.  I often ask buyers that are thinking of moving way out of town similiar questions - just opposite!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) almost 5 years ago

Bill, there are just as many issues to look at buying in town and or out of town.

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 almost 5 years ago


Thanks for sharing your thoughts on buying a townhome . . . . You make great points on the decision.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 5 years ago

In town and rural living are certainly different. So is small town living. My town of 1800 would seem like rural living to many due to the lack of large department stores and chain restaurants. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 5 years ago

Totally different way of life....great questions to ask.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

Good evening William! This is so true! Something I had to learn when we moved to South Florida years ago!

Posted by Kim Johnson, Selling South Florida (Signature Realty Inc.) almost 5 years ago


I'm not any city.. I'm all country.  :) Everyone needs to consider your questions when making these decisions.  

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 5 years ago

Hi William Feela ,  We have many buyers here that want out in the country, but close to the city.  We are fortunate to have 2 large cities in the county, which gives great oppotunity.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) almost 5 years ago

If the property is in the country, I mean REALLY country, covenants and architectural review may not be a concern. But you've raised questions that most should consider whether buying a home in the country, in the city, or in the suburbs (burbs to me).

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

These are great examples to help people learn about what you want or don't want in your next home William. It helps in out business.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 5 years ago

Yes, true William.  Though, as I get older, I am remembering the much easier times back in my youth when I did live in a townhome.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 5 years ago

Along with the gas mileage question William Feela is the "will I need a 4 wheel drive vehicle" question. This is the biggest one for me. Most of the rural properties I've fallen in love with have a quarter mile gravel driveway or longer and also often have some good sized dips and hills in that driveway.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) almost 5 years ago

Home buyers will be in good hands when they select you as their real estate agent.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 5 years ago

William, these are great considerations.    Buyers also need to think about the type of miles they will be traveling for their commute.  Driving 5 miles in the city may take as long as driving 30 miles in the country.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 5 years ago

It is all about the client and how they want to live and not us. For me being 5 minutes from Whole Foods is essential, but for others it's not. When we deal with people making lifestyle changes these are good thoughts to keep in mind.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 5 years ago

When I was a kid growing up, I lived in a neighborhood, where we had a library, a post office, and a little business area, all within a couple blocks.  Ditto for a park and swimming pool.  My school was a block and a half away.  I dreamed of being in the burbs, and when I started raising a family, that's where we moved to.  Yet, I admire my friends who have several acres, and quiet surroundings as well.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 5 years ago

William Feela different needs and different questions for 'city' people's new homes. (Working with someone who is looking forward to buying a home in Boston....so now I know what they are interested in.)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 5 years ago

(Actually, I was concerned that I could not find the parking when I went to show the unit - however, that was not very important for the buyer! How cool is that?)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 5 years ago

Good questions Bill!

Some of these are appropriate for in town or out of town.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) almost 5 years ago